Every developer has a list of applications or tools they rely on heavily for development … this is mine.

  • Visual Studio 2010
    It’s the best one yet. I hurt when I use any other IDE. This isn’t only because I’m accustomed to it, but because it’s a great environment.
  • GhostDoc
    With a single keyboard shortcut (CTRL+Shift+D) GhostDoc will automatically generate XML comments for whatever class, interface, method, field, or property that happens to have your focus. I’ve found that ~90% (that number is not scientific) of the time the comment it derives is perfect as-is.
  • RegExBuddy
    I love me some regular expressions, but they do get out of hand quickly. This is great little app for developing complex expressions and keeping a library of expressions you’ve written, but I often use it to do quick, one-time regex search and replaces on a body of text (a la code generation).

Other nice things I can live without:

  • Colored Console Application Template
    I just found this morning, and although I’ve not used it in any production application, I can see myself using this for a great deal of “test the business layer” console applications in the future.
 

2 Responses to My Must-Haves for Development

  1. Tieson says:

    Don’t know if you do much front-end “design” work, but this has been useful for me:

    http://slayeroffice.com/tools/color_palette/

    Give it a base color and two colors to mix the light and dark tones, and you get a nice 2×5 color palette grid, complete with hex or RGB color codes. Very useful if someone wants you to do CSS on a web application, or when you’re playing around with styles in WPF.

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